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English Bay’s signature locale will be home to DIMEX Group’s 1289 Nicola – a limited collection of six thoughtfully crafted luxury residences

By Michelle Hopkins Jul 15, 2021

A sophisticated new hallmark of ultra-luxury living is coming to English Bay – a sought-after enclave for the well-heeled, where in the 1920s weekends were spent on the beach and entertaining in great style. 

Welcome to 1289 Nicola, a six-storey mid-rise residence of sculpted concrete and graceful detailing that conjures up visions of the grand dames of posh and splendour that used to grace these streets. Beautifully merging a classic French Mansard aesthetic with a contemporary urban palette, DIMEX Group raises the bar to a whole new level, with timeless style that those who appreciate the difference will recognize instantly. 

Nicola - Exterior


As English Bay’s newest signature luxury address, 1289 Nicola offers a limited collection of six magnificent residences, where each moment is filled with a higher degree of comfort. High craftsmanship and a passion for perfection define the living spaces. The goal is to take the experience of being in a classic European beach estate and offer it to buyers in an understated yet elegant design.

1289 Nicola offers two- and three-bedroom residences, ranging from 1,100 to 1,360 square feet, each of which features passive house technology. Together, these homes represent the ultimate expression of an uncompromising lifestyle.

Nicola -  Living Room


A leader in passive homes, DIMEX Group has done it again with Nicola. The residences are not only beautiful but leave a low carbon footprint behind, making them the most environmentally friendly, comfortable, healthiest homes on the market. 

DIMEX Group founder Sunny Dhillon explains his vision for 1289 Nicola like this: “English Bay has a long history as the cottage community of Vancouver dating back to the 1800’s. Many of Vancouver’s notable residents-built mansions such as the Rogers Sugar founder, and still exist at Nicola and Davie. This neighbourhood is now seeing what we feel is a renaissance back to the roots of a Pied De Terre community that embraces the best of dinning, beach front lifestyle and a design aesthetic that is rooted in the surrounding views. These homes offer a luxurious French Masard esthetic not often seen in sustainable construction. Bringing that beach side town luxury that the West End was founded in.”

Nicola - Kitchen


Designed by multiple award-winning Cornerstone Architecture, with its luxurious interiors curated by ValiDesign, the attention to detail is nothing short of magnificent. 

“The Nicola project is indeed a very refined and exquisite property that brings a unique and exclusive living experience to the owners,” says Ehsan Vali, principal, ValiDesign.  “For the interiors, we tried to cherish the same values, designing spaces that are cultured and distinguished within our two very different beautiful schemes.” 

The refinement continues in the two colour schemes -  the Classic, with its iconic herringbone light oak hardwood floors to the beautiful and grand look of European marble tiles in the washrooms; while the Modern showcases a bold, sophisticated and elegant look, from the brushed champagne bronze faucet and handles of the kitchen to marble porcelain floors.

Nicola - Amenity


The kitchens are culinary masterpieces with European lacquered gloss and matte dual-tone cabinets, expansive waterfall islands of Silestone quartz, and a premium Gaggeneau appliance package.  

Meet friends and family under a “green” canopy with its spectacular lighting, once again heightening your outdoor dining experience. There is also a fitness and yoga room with Peloton spin bike. 

Begin your day with a walk along Sunset Beach Park and the Seawall. Or you might want to meander along English Bay Beach or Stanley Park. Meet friends at any of the boutique shops or restaurants dotting Davie and Denman streets.  You are also within walking distance to the Aquatic Centre and Granville Island Ferry. Living at 1289 Nicola puts you at the heart of everything that makes Vancouver great. 

Nicola - Neighbourhood


Nicola is classically timeless, paying homage to its location and heritage significance. Prices start from $2.5 million. Register online for an exclusive preview at Sales launch in August with occupancy in Fall/Winter 2023. 

Michelle Hopkins
Michelle Hopkins is a Vancouver-based freelance writer with extensive magazine, newspaper and online writing experience in home décor, new home developments, culinary adventures, wine, travel and more. Michelle writes for many notable publications including Real Estate Weekly and other Glacier Media Group publications, Western Living Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Home Décor & Renovations, to name just a few. Michelle is passionate about anything to do with real estate.
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